Friday, December 16, 2011

Persephone Secret Santa: Revealed!


About a week ago, I received a package in the mail with the telltale Persephone postmark on it, and yesterday I finally opened it to find… Marghanita Laski’s Little Boy Lost, which was given by Allie at A Literary Odyssey. A couple of years ago I read The Victorian Chaise Lounge and enjoyed it, so I’m eager to read this one as well. Thank you so much! I gave a copy of Someone at a Distance to Colleen at Colreads. I make no secret of the fact that Dorothy Whipple is one of my favorite Persephone authors, so when I saw this was on her wish list, this was a no-brainer. Interestingly enough, we live in the same state (Pennsylvania)!Happy Persephone Secret Santa! What did you give or receive, if you participated?

8 comments:

Helen said...

Oh, I'm so excited!! My lovely Secret Santa (http://www.karolinescorner.blogspot.com/) gave me Greenbanks! I adore anything Whipple and this is one I've pined for for a long time. Not only that, but I also got the scrummiest smelling bag of spiced Christmas tea from Betty's. I'm going to make a pot this very afternoon (after I decorate the tree) and have a relaxing cuppa with Ms Whipple. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Col (Col Reads) said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for Someone at a Distance! It has been on my TBR for a while. Part of me wants to save it for Persephone Reading Weekend in February, but the other half wants to dive in while I have winter break to enjoy it!

I've enjoyed finding your blog through Persephone Secret Santa, because like me you review a wide range of books. And it's always nice to meet another PA blogger. I'll be back soon! Col

Allie said...

I'm glad the package got there okay! I hope you enjoy the title! :)

Col from ColReads was my secret santa-funny how that worked out! :)

luxehours said...

I so want to read Someone at a Distance and I love love love the coloured in version of it. I got my Secret Santa one of the ten coloured Persephone novels and I think I've fallen in love with those.

I received a new to me Whipple (my post is a bit late and will go up tomorrow for it!) and I just can't wait to read it.

Bellezza said...

I received Little Boy Lost last year, and I loved it! It was one of my favorite reads for 2011. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did; Laski is such a wonderful writer. The Victorian Chaise-Longue still gives me shivers. ;)

samstillreading said...

Love that bookmark! I was lucky enough to receive The Priory by Dorothy Whipple from Care. Really enjoyed participating!

John Michael Cummings said...

re: book review request by award-winning author

Dear A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore...

I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

Can I interest you in reviewing it?

If you write me back at johnmcummings@aol.com, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

Abby.Freeland@mail.wvu.edu

My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:
http://wvupressonline.com/cummings_ugly_to_start_with_9781935978084

Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

For more information about me, please visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Cummings

Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kindly,

John Michael Cummings

John Michael Cummings said...

re: book review request by award-winning author

Dear A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore...

I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

Can I interest you in reviewing it?

If you write me back at johnmcummings@aol.com, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

Abby.Freeland@mail.wvu.edu

My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:
http://wvupressonline.com/cummings_ugly_to_start_with_9781935978084

Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

For more information about me, please visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Cummings

Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kindly,

John Michael Cummings

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